Sakura Sevens lose three times in Kitakyushu event

Rugby Apr 20, 2019

Sakura Sevens lose three times in Kitakyushu event

Japan's women lost all three of their matches on Saturday, while defending champion New Zealand missed its chance at a consecutive-victories record in the Kitakyushu Sevens, the fourth leg of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Playing on home soil, the Sakura Sevens lacked the ...

Ex-Sakura Sevens coach Keiko Asami joins World Rugby Council

Rugby May 18, 2018

Ex-Sakura Sevens coach Keiko Asami joins World Rugby Council

Former Japan women's head coach Keiko Asami was named a new member of World Rugby's highest decision-making body on Thursday. Asami, 41, who led the Sakura Sevens to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, was welcomed to the World Rugby Council alongside 12 other union ...

New Zealand wins Kitakyushu Sevens; Japan finishes last

Rugby Apr 22, 2018

New Zealand wins Kitakyushu Sevens; Japan finishes last

New Zealand won the women's Kitakyushu Sevens for the second straight year Sunday, beating France 24-12 in the final on another disappointing day for host Japan. While the Black Ferns were treating fans at Mikuni World Stadium to another wonderful display of rugby, the Sakura ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 4, 2016

Japan women win Hong Kong Asian Sevens

The Sakura Sevens won the big prize on Saturday, capturing the women's championship at the Hong Kong Sevens, the first event of the 2016 Asian Rugby Sevens Series. The women beat Thailand in the cup semifinal 43-0 before defeating China 14-7. The men, however, slumped ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 3, 2016

Sakura Sevens earn Hong Kong title

The Sakura Sevens won the big prize on Saturday, capturing the women's championship at the Hong Kong Sevens, the first event of the 2016 Asian Rugby Sevens Series. The Japan women beat Thailand in the cup semifinal 43-0 before defeating China 14-7. The men, however, ...

More Sports / Rugby Jul 16, 2016

Sakura Sevens squad revealed for Rio Games

Chiharu Nakamura will captain the Japan women's rugby sevens team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Saturday, when the names of 12 team members and two backups were released. The draw last month in Rio de Janeiro saw the Sakura ...